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2011 London - Group A Tomas Berdych vs Janko Tipsarevic

Posted on November 23, 2011 at 3:50 AM


Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Wednesday Briefing

Greg Sharko | 22.11.2011


Group A plays its second wave of round robin matches on Wednesday, with the World No. 1 hoping to build on a razor-thin win in his first match and Janko Tipsarevic making his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals debut.

The first match of the day pits No. 7 Tomas Berdych against No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic, the first alternate this week who replaced injured No. 3 Andy Murray. Berdych lost a tight first round robin match, leading 4-2 in the third set and holding a match point later on but ultimately losing out to Djokovic, 36 63 76(3). Now he will have a chance to get on the board but Tipsarevic isn’t just any alternate. He has had a breakthrough second half of the season, coming out of Wimbledon ranked No. 29 and now No. 9 after such results as his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final in Montreal, his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open and his first two ATP World Tour titles at Kuala Lumpur and Moscow. And that’s not all - Tipsarevic leads Berdych in their head-to-head series, 4-1, winning their first four meetings (although Berdych did win their most recent meeting two weeks ago at ATP Masters 1000 Paris, 75 64, which was the match that clinched Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish as the last three qualifiers here).


(ALT) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs (7) Tomas Berdych (CZE)   Tipsarevic Leads 4-1

2004 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard R32 Janko Tipsarevic 3-6 7-5 6-1

2010 SRB vs. CZE WG SF (Serbia) Hard RR Janko Tipsarevic     7-5 6-2 2-6 7-6(5)

2011 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (Canada)Hard QF Janko Tipsarevic 6-4 6-4

2011 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Janko Tipsarevic    6-4 5-0 ret (shoulder)

2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris  Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 7-5 6-4

Other Meetings:

2004 Weiden CH (Germany) Clay F Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-3

2009 Sunrise CH (U.S.A.) Hard SF Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-4



2011 Highlights:

W (1): Beijing (d Cilic); SF (7): Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Paris (l Federer); QF (7): Aust. Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Bellucci); ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l Gasquet); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Tipsarevic)

YTD W-L: 51-21 (35-13 on hard, 7-4 indoor, 15-6 in Tie-breaks, 4-7 vs. Top 10)

YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 6

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7

Tournament History: 

• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native made his second  straight appearance on Monday, falling to No. 1 Djokovic 36 63 76(3) after holding a match point…Also led 4-2 in final set… Went 1-2 last year, losing to Djokovic, defeating Roddick and falling to Nadal in RR play

2011 in Review:

• The first Czech Republic player to finish  in Top 10 back-to-back seasons since Petr Korda in 1991-92…Won a personal-high 51 matches

• Last month captured his sixth career ATP World Tour title in Beijing (d. Cilic), his first title since Munich in May 2009…Has a 6-6 career mark in finals

• Advanced to seven SFs, four on hard courts – Chennai in January, Dubai in late February and ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati in August (ret. vs. Djokovic due to shoulder injury), and ATP Masters 1000 Paris (l. to Federer) along withh seven QFs, including Australian Open for first time (l. to Djokovic)

• Overall he reached QFs or better in 15 of 22 tournaments and lost in 1st Rd. only twice during year, at Roland Garros (lost to Stephane Robert 9-7 in fifth set) and in Basel (l. to Nishikori in three sets)

• In ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, played in all nine tournaments and compiled a 19-9 mark, with SF in Cincinnati and Paris and QFs in Miami, Madrid, Rome and Montreal

• In other Grand Slam tournaments, reached 4th Rd. at Wimbledon (l. to Fish) and 3rd Rd. at US Open (ret. vs. Tipsarevic due to shoulder)…Enters 2012 having played in 33 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments since ’03 US Open




2011 Highlights:

W (2): Kuala Lumpur (d Baghdatis); Moscow (d Troicki); F (3): Delray Beach (l del Potro); Eastbourne (l Seppi); St. Petersburg (l Cilic); SF (3): Chennai (l Malisse); Belgrade (W/O vs Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Fish); QF (2): Washington (l Monfils); US Open (l Djokovic)

YTD W-L: 53-25 (41-18 on hard, 18-6 indoor, 19-18 in Tie-breaks, 2-8 vs. Top 10)

YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 2

Date of Birth: June 22, 1984

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 9

Tournament History:

• The No. 2 Serb is making his tournament debut and the last alternate to appear in year-end championship was Radek Stepanek in 2008…He came in for Andy Roddick and went 0-2

2011 in Review:

• The 27-year-old Belgrade native made biggest jump into Top 10 from previous season, climbing from No. 49 to No. 9 to earn alternate spot

•  Reached a career-high five ATP World Tour finals, winning first two titles of his career…Also advanced to his first Grand Slam QF and first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 SF

• Played in 26 tournaments (co-leader in Top 10 w/Almagro)

• On Oct. 2, he captured his first career ATP World Tour title in Kuala Lumpur (d. Baghdatis) in his 148th career tournament  (in fifth final) and three weeks later

he earned his second title in four weeks in Moscow (d. Troicki)

• Also last month he reached the final in St. Petersburg where he lost to Croat Marin Cilic in three sets…Played the final seven weeks of regular season

• He finished runner-up in Delray Beach (l. to del Potro) in February and Eastbourne (l. to Seppi) in June…Also a SF three times, at Chennai (l. to Malisse), Belgrade (w/o vs Djokovic) and ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (l. to Fish) and first Grand Slam QF at US Open

• He helped his country to Davis Cup semi-finals (l. to Argentina) after winning last year’s Cup (d. France)

• He came into 2011 with a 134-138 career match record and was 25-23 last year before putting together a career-best 53-25 mark



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